RIGA - Latvian Health Minister Gundars Berzins promises to arrange milk for free to all school children by the 9th grade by September, BNS reported today.
"This question was discussed with Agriculture Minister Martins Roze on June 15," Berzins said in an interview to the Latvian commercial television. "Milk for free should be guaranteed for pupils till the 9th grade," he added.
The state and European Union (EU) funded School Milk program, which allows school children of 1-4 grades to receive milk for free, but older school children have to pay 0.04 lats (EUR 0.06) per glass of milk.
The first milk vending machine has been installed at the beginning of May and about 100 machines will be installed in schools of Latvian capital Riga.